Lecture: 'Marijuana Legalized - Research, Practice and Policy Considerations'

Event Details

April 2, 2018
9:00 am-11:30 am

Campus Center

Room: Amherst Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Risa Silverman

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents the next event in the Dean's Symposia Series: "Marijuana Legalized: Research, Practice and Policy Considerations." The symposium will examine the potential public health impact of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts.

Darrin Grondel, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, will provide the keynote address. He has over 25 years of law enforcement and traffic safety experience serving with the Washington State Patrol and in his current role of director of the traffic safety commission.

In 2012, Washington State became one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Since legalization, Grondel has become a featured speaker around the globe discussing the issues and impacts of impaired driving as a result legalization, considerations for states addressing marijuana legalization, and the impacts of drugged driving.

Additional featured speakers will include:

  • Jennifer Whitehill, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy
  • Elizabeth Evans, assistant professor of Community Health Education in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy
  • Cheryl Sbarra, senior staff attorney and director of policy and law with the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards

A panel discussion will follow the presentations.


The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

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